On today's Current State: the Niowave pole barn dispute, the new play "U.P.", Ingham County's fight against mortgage fraud, and local graphic artist Karl Gude's work from Newsweek magazine on exhibit at the Michigan Historical Museum.
Niowave, the high-tech, particle acceleration company here in Lansing, has been growing. Its success has been a benefit in many ways to the community – more jobs, greater tax revenue, more clout in the tech world for the city.
But the company’s growth has also led to some friction.
Early last year, Niowave built a large pole barn at its headquarters, which is a former school in Lansing’s Walnut Neighborhood.
There was some good news last week in Michigan involving the fight against mortgage fraud. On Thursday, officials announced the state will receive $2.5 million dollars -- that’s the settlement in a mortgage fraud lawsuit filed last year by State Attorney General Bill Schuette. The legal action involved about 1,000 victims of robo-signing statewide, with nearly 300 of them from Ingham County.
Karl Gude is the Graphics Editor in Residence at MSU. Before MSU, Gude was the director for information graphics at Newsweek magazine and his professional work is currently on display at the Michigan Historical Museum. WKAR’s Peter Whorf spoke with Gude about information graphics and the creative process.